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The world-famous Washington monument has finally reopened after three years of repairs and construction work. The tall white obelisk started receiving tourists at its home in Washington, DC, as of September 19th.

The monument is one of the most prominent features of Washington’s skyline and one of the most popular attractions in the United States. And now, it has some noticeable updates, like an updated elevator system that'll relieve everyone from the 900 steps it takes to get to the observation deck and the old elevator with all its mechanical issues. Now it's only a one-minute elevator ride to get to the top, enjoy a panoramic view of the city, and a two-minute ride down

There are now also improved security measures, which means visitors will have to get their belongings checked through an x-ray machine, pretty much like an airport.

Free same-day entry tickets are available from opening day through October 18th on a first-come, first-served basis. Online reservations will be available starting October 10th for visits starting October 19th and beyond, along with same-day tickets.

Source: CNN Travel